Bacteria may not seem like social, communicating creatures, but they "know" when to turn deadly thanks to a unique signaling system called "quorum sensing," according to a new study.
New research shows that when the scaly texture of shark skin is mimicked in hospital surfaces, it helps in the fight against such hospital superbugs.
New research has confirmed that trees can be identified by certain types of bacteria found on their leaves, kind of like their own genetic fingerprint, so to speak.
If people are scrunching their noses around you every time you go to the gym, you may not have a body odor problem. It may just have a polyester problem. That is, according to new research that claims that polyester is a more ideal breeding ground for smelly bacteria than cotton.
Researcher studying cyanobacteria in hot springs have discovered that the potentially harmful algae can live in near-darkness, absorbing far-red light and converting it into energy while releasing oxygen. This is a major step forward towards better understanding the harmful algae blooms (HABs) that are occurring in Lake Erie and other lakes worldwide.
Two new studies have revealed two very different ways bothersome bacteria strains can suddenly become deadly, evolving into difficult-to-rid pathogens that can threaten entire populations.
A fundamental chemical pathway that all plants use to create the essential amino acid phenylalanine has now been traced to two groups of ancient bacteria, a new study reports.
The gorgeous Bahamian islands may have actually been created by bacteria and sand all the way from the Sahara desert, according to a new study.
It is commonly thought that alcohol actually kills off bacteria, and in some cases this is true. However, microbes are also an instrumental part of the alcohol brewing processes, as proven by a recent study of a sake brewing facility.
For the first time, researchers have realized that when the bacteria Escherichia coli interacts with salt, it manipulates the mineral to build shelters and hibernate.
A newly discovered virus is harboring inside the guts of more than half the world's population, and has gone undetected by scientists or decades, according to a new study.
Public health experts are urging consumers to stop washing their raw chicken, worried about the spread of a dangerous but little-known bacteria.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will be working with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries that do not yet experience the disease at epidemic levels.
It turns out that the picky appetite of the Salmonella bacteria might be its downfall. Researchers have found that Salmonella relies on a very specific nutrient to survive, and blocking the bacteria's access to this nutrient can essentially "starve" the infection.
Following an incident that has left at least 86 federal employees exposed to a potential infection of the anthrax bacterium, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reassigned the director of its Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory.